A recap of Christmas 2014

HAPPY NEW YEAR! 

I left you with promises of more to come but I – as I suspect everybody- got caught in Christmas preparations, which means I was diligently working on the “more” part just haven’t got any time to post it! I need to work on my time management this year…

Then January came…and went while I was sick. Winter in Greece is cheeky; the sun is out but it’s windy so in the shade you’re cold, in the sun you’re hot. Getting sick? -Absolutely inevitable.

But that’s all behind us now (for good I hope, at least for this year) and we can concentrate on lovelier things… like crafting!

So, the projects I didn’t get to show you last time include treats I made for my daughters’ classmates and teachers. There were chocolate-spoons (for stirring in milk), chocolate bars in snowman-disguise and Christmas inspired, spicy loose-tea mixes for cold nights to come.

My older daughter even composed a song for the chocolate milk spoons:

Rudolf, the red nose raindeer

has a very shiny nose,

and if you sing together

Rudolf’s antlers’ll jingle more.

Then at midnight Christmas Eve,

Santa came to say,

Rudolf, give those kids some treat

chocolate-spoon in milk to drink.

All of the kids love Rudi

and everyone is so happy,

Mister, go play a song

so everybody can sing along.

Kids and teachers equally enjoyed the treats.

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Gifts of gratitude

When you’re feeling down you can escape RL in many ways. For some any physical activity will release that pent-up stress that clouds the mind. For others anything art-related can bring solace like music either you’re “just” listening to it or actually writing or playing. In the same way reading or writing a book is a great way to let yourself carried away into another world. 

Music always played a really important role in my life which means I’ll always turn to music to feel better but reading was the ultimate switch. When I discovered “amateur” (read: non-professional, unpublished) authors through fanfiction my whole world opened up to not only awesome stories (learning more/better English was/is a delight!) but also to women of great value!

These women from all over the world, I’m proud to say are my friends today and now that I can express my gratitude in a “tangible” way I’m working on personalized gifts that will make them, I hope, see how much they mean to me.

One of the authors on my Top10 favorite list is Tina (writes under the penname: JP Summers). She mentioned that she was in the process of  repainting/decorating her home-office so I “seized” the opportunity and interrogated her about the colors she likes and I got to work.

My first idea was to spell her name in big 3D letters for her to put on a shelf. 

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Matchbox book

May is a busy month what with Summer so near, school-year close to the finish line, exams, recitals, concerts, you name it we’ve done it this month!

In addition, on the very last day of May it’s my Father’s birthday. He likes to read, listen to music and collects postal stamps so I’ve combined  all these things and made him a matchbox style book (SVGCuts Spirit of Christmas Past kit). The book is approx. 5x5x2.

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